November has arrived, and though everyone more clearly understands the strengths and limitations of Texas quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger, no one appears to have a clear idea of who should be THE man behind center for the Longhorns with four games left to play.
We take a closer look at the games last month, Texas’ QB commit coming home, and senior Poona Ford.
The TCU game has probably been the most consistently difficult on the schedule for Texas this decade. Lots of programs in the Big 12 will gameplan Texas diligently and precisely but none of them play defense to Gary Patterson’s standards and a weakness/tendency pounding defense has typically been the scariest thing imaginable for a 2010’s Texas offense.
For the first time since I’ve been covering Longhorn basketball, Shaka Smart invited the media to Cooley Pavilion on Tuesday to give a little taste of what the Longhorns have been working on in the offseason.
There is absolutely no doubt about it, Shaka Smart can recruit.
The Longhorns welcomed 6’9″ power forward Kamaka Hepa to the program after he committed to Texas on Monday night.
Much of our consternation about defensive recruiting has been focused on the Defensive Line. For good reason. It’s always crucial to get yours there every year. But even after Herman’s purging and our inability to secure 2018 DEs, the youth on our roster is more promising than the conventional wisdom holds. Holdovers like Nelson, Roach and Omenihu are proven assets. And I can make a pretty compelling argument that we’ll have good depth behind them (barring multiple injuries and bad luck) with players like Cummins, Fitzgerald, Wilbon and Graham on developmental schedule. Holes start to show up in 2019 (which is why the 2018 DL matter), but we have to trust the development process.
As promised we’ll discuss team stuff we didn’t quite have lined up for the Scoop.
Then we’ll add a bit of color to the all-of-a-sudden tenuous linebacker recruiting.
When Tom Herman was hired by Texas on November 26, 2016, the Longhorns had just six prospects committed as part of its 2017 class; Damion Miller, Sam Ehlinger, Kobe Boyce, Montrell Estell, Josh Thompson, and Ta’Quon Graham were the only high school prospects set to become Longhorns.
Details on a busy recruiting weekend, notes and quotes from Texas targets, and where does the staff go after missing on a couple big names. The Scoop delivers on a Monday.
The grades are in after UT’s 38-7 win over Baylor from McLane Stadium on Saturday. The offense is improving and the defense is on the Dean’s List. More from our Coach Venable on the Longhorns performance.